Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Mar 2008 21:49 UTC
Editorial "I used KDE as my primary desktop from 1996 through 2006, when I installed the GNOME version of Ubuntu and found that I liked it better than the KDE desktop I'd faced every morning for so many years. Last January, I got a new Dell Latitude D630 laptop and decided to install Kubuntu on it, but within a few weeks, I went back to GNOME. Does this mean GNOME is now a better desktop than KDE, or just that I have become so accustomed to GNOME that it's hard for me to give it up?"
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I administer about a hundred Linux desktops on XDMCP/NX servers. And believe me, copying around config files to change settings is *not* as easy as it gets. Not granular enough. I need more control and fine-grained configurability than that.

I use gconftool-2 scripts. But for larger chunks of config, I believe you can --dump particular branches of gconf to xml and then load them to various accounts. For example:

gconftool-2 --dump /apps/evolution > evolution.xml
gconftool-2 --load=evolution.xml

Or say you just wanted calendar settings:

gconftool-2 --dump /apps/evolution/calendar > calendar.xml

Copying around config files sounds like something out of the DOS dark ages.


You're arguing that gconftool is somehow slicker than cp .kde/share/config/whatever destination. Different strokes for different folks.

In fact, to be pedantic, if you're administering multiple clients, then KDE's Kiosk infrastructure is optimized for that, and has been for some time. That's why the config file structure is set up the way it is. It has a hierarchy that gives you the adminstrator granular control over the user setup, and application configurations, and the extent that they can change it.

I guess it's the difference between copying chunks of gfconf settings and pasting them into multiple accounts, or simply setting up one or more profiles and applying it to multiple accounts. Again, different strokes. ;)

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